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The Austrian Research centre for Forests is a well known partner in international projects. The federal institution aims for an enhancement of multidisciplinary research, education across borders and holistic approaches to address today’s forestry challenges and needs.

DIABOLO – Distributed, integrated and harmonised forest information for bioeconomy

The Horizon 2020 project DIABOLO aims at producing better knowledge of forest resources and their ability to sustainably supply forest ecosystem goods and services as required by a broad range of relevant stakeholders. This knowledge will create new opportunities for an innovative, sustainable and inclusive bio-economy in Europe.
Duration 01.03.2015 - 28.02.2019
Partners Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE (Coordinator), Joanneum Research, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, University of Liège, Forest Management Institute Brandys nad Labem, University of Copenhagen, Estonian Environment Agency, French National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information, Institut national de la recherche agronomique, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, University of Patras, National Food Chain Safety Office, Agricultural Research Council – Forest Monitoring and Planning Research Unit, National University of Ireland Dublin, Forest Service Ireland, Latvian State Forest Research Institute, Alkesandras Stulgisnkis University, Norwegian Forest and landscape Institute, Centre for Applied Ecology Portugal,  Forest Research and Management Institute Romania, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade Serbia, National Forest Centre Slovakia, Slovenian Forestry Institute
Sponsor European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Contact Alexandra Freudenschuß, Department for Forest Inventory

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633464.

EU Hardwoods - European hardwoods for the building sector

Climate change will lead to changes in European forestry and silviculture. Aim of the study is to examine possible scenarios and future trends along the hard wood supply chain. It is envisioned to transfer and complete knowledge along the whole production line of hardwoods, to enable its' utilisation in an efficient and economic way. © BFW
Duration 01.01.2015 - 30.09.2016
Partners Holzforschung Austria, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Materials Testing Institute University of Stuttgart, University of Ljubljana, FCBA Bordeaux, CBD Contemporary Building Design Slovenia, SIMONIN SAS France
Sponsor ERA-NET Plus Action WoodWisdom-Net
Contact Wolfgang Russ, Department for Forest Inventory

Guatemala mountain cloud forest - Socially and ecologically sustainable forestry for Guatemala

The project is lead by the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW) with the Rigoberta Menchú-Tum Foundation and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and the to help in the establishment of a communal forest management concept for indigenous people. © BFW
Duration 22.06.2015 - 31.12.2016
Partners Rigoberta Menchú-Tum Foundation, BMLFUW
Sponsor Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management BMLFUW Division III/1
Contact Alexandra Freudenschuß, Department for Forest Inventory


The National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore has been entrusted with setting up a monitoring system that will allow it to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land-use, land-use change and how much of it is absorbed by the nation’s greenery. They will be supported by BFW in research and development of a forest inventory, soil analyses, remote sensing of natural resources and GHG reporting to UNFCCC.© BFW
Duration 29.11.2013 - 28.11.2018
Partners Austrian Natural Resources Management and International Cooperation Agency (ANRICA), Environment Agency Austria, Joanneum Research, Michael Kleine
Sponsor National Parks Board, Singapore
Contact Thomas Gschwantner, Department for Forest Inventory

Surinam II

90% of Suriname’s land area is covered by forest. BFW together with the Austrian Natural Resources Management and International Cooperation Agency (ANRICA) worked on implementing a national forest inventory system. The Surinam II project will enhance the work accomplished and will further investigate the data, collected during inventory activities supported by Austrian students of the International Forestry Students’ Association. 
Duration 01.02.2016 - 31.12.2016
Partners SBB Suriname, Joanneum Research
Sponsor ANRICA
Contact Ambros Berger, Department for Forest Inventory


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